Ahead of an expected increase in travel due to spring break, the Ingham County Health Department is urging local schools to switch some grades to remote learning next week.
Michigan is currently experiencing one of the worst coronavirus surges in the United States. On Monday, The Ingham County Health Department recommended that local schools avoid in-person learning next week for grades six through 12.
Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said she expects case numbers to increase as people travel for spring break this week.
“Schools are congregate settings, and are sparking off outbreaks," she said.
Vail said Michigan is currently experiencing the highest positivity rates for coronavirus infections since last April.
“There's a significant amount of transmission going on in the community," she said. "There's a significant ability to basically catch that virus and then move it around, and then you're moving it around by traveling and going other places, so it's just a good time to be safe.”
Rapid testing will be available from the Ingham Intermediate School District Sunday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 14. No prior registration will be required.